After years of speculation, and waiting, KINGDOM HEARTS III, finally comes to fans in the new year and will see players reclaim their role as SORA, a young boy and heir to a spectacular power, who along with, Donald Duck and Goofy, two emissaries sent by King Mickey from the Disney Castle, embark on a search for the seven Guardians of Light and the "Key to Return Hearts", in their quest to thwart Master Xehanort's plan to start a second Keyblade War and to stop the heartless from taking over the universe.
As with the previous games in the series, Kingdom Heart 3, will see the trio travelling to different worlds and meet characters along the way that are based on the films from the Disney Pixar’s series, that will include Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Hercules, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Hero 6, Tangled, and Frozen, as well as characters from SQUARE ENIX’s own FINAL FANTASY series.
Many of the gameplay features return from the KINGDOM HEARTS series that fans have come to love, but will see new features as well, such as soras group, now can expand and is now able to contain up to FIVE members, instead of the usual three players to call on upon and partner with.
A New feature called, ‘attractions flow’, will allow you to summon into battle various attractions that are inspired from the Disney ‘Theme Park ‘itself. Soras powerful weapon, The Keyblade, gets an upgrade aswell and will come with the ability to transform it into additional forms or even equip multiple themed Keyblades, that when combined with attacks can bring powerful combinations. For those players that want to take a break from saving the worlds from the heartless, well you can by playing one of the games on the new minigames section, that are inspired by classic short disney films.
People behind the Voices
For KINGDOM HEARTS III, publishers and developers, SQUARE ENIX, have yet again brought together many favourite and lovable heroes for this latest adventure, as well as the talented actors to breathe life back into the characters of this highly anticipated game, Reprising their roles and voices of their character for the game, include:
Josh Gad, (Frozen and Beauty and the Beast), as Olaf from Frozen
Kristen Bell (Frozen, Veronica Mars and Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as Anna from Frozen
Idina Menzel (Frozen, Enchanted, Rent) as Elsa from Frozen
Jonathan Groff (Frozen, Mindhunter, American Sniper) as Kristoff from Frozen
Zachary Levi (Tangled, Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) as Flynn Rider from Tangled
Donna Murphy (Tangled, Centre Stage) as Mother Gothel from Tangled
John Ratzenberger (Toy Story, Cheers, The Incredibles, Coco) as Hamm from Toy Story
Wallace Shawn (Toy Story, The Princess Bride, The Good Wife) as Rex from Toy Story
Tate Donovan (Hercules, The O.C., Argo) as Hercules from Hercules
Kevin R. McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean Series) as Gibbs from the Pirates of the Caribbean series
Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck
Bill Farmer as Goofy
Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense, A.I.) who reprises his role as the pure-hearted protagonist, Sora.
Along with talented Voice actors, SQUARE ENIX and DISNEY STUDIOS, have also brought in talented musicians, In the form off, 8 time Grammy award winner, SKRILLEX, internationally renowned singer songwriter, HIKARU UTADA, and along with record producer POO BEAR, have wrote and produced ,KINGDOM HEARTS III's, Opening theme song.
SKRILLEX and POO-BEAR
Skrillex, who confesses to being a ‘long-time’ and self-professed fan of the KINGDOM HEARTS series, only intended to remix the previously revealed track by Hikaru Utada, called Don’t Think Twice. But during their time working together and owing to their friendship, they together developed a new and original collaboration, called Face My Fears, to celebrate the game’s release.
Both DONT THINK TWICE and the Opening theme song FACE MY FEARS will be released on JANAUARY 18th 2019 with KINGDOM HEARTS 3 due to release on JANUARY 29th 2019 and will be available on PLAYSTATION 4 and XBOX One.
For those fans out there, checkout the latest video released by SQUARE ENIX last week, below.
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Sources: SQUAREENIX.COM and KINGDOMHEARTS.COM